Worship & Prayer
The conference worship experiences are always a very formative and enlivening part of our weekend of education and advocacy. As an organization that draws diverse Christians from all across the United States and beyond, we strive to allow a variety of gifts from the various Christian churches and communities to find expression in an harmonious way as we build upon areas of commonality and allow ourselves to be stretched to embrace new worship experiences. Similarly, we allow our imaginations and vision for worship to be expanded by each year’s conference theme and the perspectives of the various workshops, plenaries, and legislative needs that are presented.
Music Ministry for the 2014 National Gathering
Music and worship leadership during this year’s EAD National Gathering is provided by the Glocal Musicians of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The musicians were formed by the Global Formation Team in ELCA Global Mission to provide musical leadership for the Glocal Gatherings hosted by congregations and other Christian communities throughout North America and the Caribbean. Through its intentional diversity—including representation from many countries, denominations, and several cultures—the group embodies ways to stand in mutual solidarity while amplifying marginalized voices.
In addition to offering musical worship that includes global voices, the musicians are committed to forming local leaders seeking to introduce global themes in their communities. The songs they teach are grounded in the community stories that raise awareness and inspire advocacy. The musicians embody what it means to be “Glocal”—simultaneously global and local—so we can accompany one another across cultures, even in our own neighborhoods.
Quaker Prayer and Pastoral Care
Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 participants were welcomed to experience the unique form of Silent Worship that comes from the Society of Friends. This traditional form of prayer from the Quakers offers an opportunity for contemplative communal listening. Visit the Quaker Information Center to learn about the method, purpose, and decorum associated with this form of quiet prayer.
Many in the past have asked for information about obtaining copies of texts used in the services at Ecumenical Advocacy Days. We gladly make these available here after the conference within the limits of copyright and other restrictions. When possible we have provided prayers texts and the titles and composers of pieces of music, but are often not able to provide copies of full prayer programs or full musical scores online. We ask for your understanding in this regard and hope that what is offered here can be of some help to others in spreading the Gospel of peace and justice.